CivicLEADS: Civic Learning, Engagement and Action Data Sharing
ICPSR’s Education and Child Care Data Archives at the University of Michigan are proud to announce the launch of Civic Learning, Engagement, and Action Data Sharing (CivicLEADS). Funded by a grant from the Spencer Foundation, CivicLEADS provides a centralized repository for data produced by the multi-disciplinary research surrounding civic education and action.
CivicLEADS provides access to quantitative and qualitative data for secondary analysis and promotes data discovery through our data, variable, and publication search tools. Beyond facilitating the sharing and discovery of data, CivicLEADS seeks to create a learning community around civic education and engagement research.
Visit this new resource for researchers who explore diverse topics including civic and political engagement, curricula and learning, social networks, media literacy, activism, and social movements.
Looking for data but not sure what terms to include? Try these search terms as a starting point:
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We are always searching for high-quality data from research into civic education, involvement, action, and the intersection of the three. If you have conducted a study or know of an existing study which would make an excellent addition to CivicLEADS, please read more about how to share your data and contact David Bleckley to recommend a study.
Visit CivicLEADS to learn more about our work and to search for data on civic learning, engagement, and action.
Graduating Students into Voters:
Overcoming the Psychological Barriers Faced by Student Voters and Improving Student Voting Rates Using Insights from the Behavioral Sciences
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
How do students decide to vote? And why do some students fail to cast a ballot even though they intend to on Election Day? More importantly, can we design programs to overcome barriers to student voting with simple, scalable innovations? In this webinar the behavioral design lab, ideas42, will review major findings from their new research on how insights from the behavioral sciences – including the fields of psychology and behavioral economics – can shed light on both the internal psychological forces (like a feeling that voting isn’t for me) and seemingly small external hassles (like not having a stamp to mail a voter registration form) that impact student voting. Participants will learn about the role of identity and social norms, the effect of being a first-time voter, and the impact of psychological distance on voting behavior. Participants will also walk away with more than 30 actionable tips and tricks that can be easily integrated to on-campus programs to improve their efficacy. Armed with these tips and tricks, we believe colleges and universities can more successfully execute on their mission to educate civically engaged youth. Read the research report here.
- Speakers: Jessica Leifer, Senior Associate, and DJ Neri, Associate, at ideas42.
- When: Wednesday, September 7, 2016 | 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. EST
Exclusive Analysis: Donald Trump and Young Voters
CIRCLE has released a comprehensive analysis of Donald Trump’s level of support from young people during the 2016 primaries. It examines how Trump’s support from young voters stacks up with previous Republican nominees, as well as implications for the general election. Major findings include:
- Generally, Donald Trump received a lower level of support from youth than from older voters
- Trump received a slightly larger proportion of estimated youth votes in the primary season than previous Republican nominees McCain and Romney
- As a whole, young people view Trump unfavorably, with young women and youth of color viewing him even more unfavorably. Meanwhile, young people with less formal education showed greater levels of support for Trump in the primaries.
“With less than five months until Election Day, Mr. Trump’s campaign has both challenges and opportunities with young voters,” writes CIRCLE Director Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg. “On the one hand, the youth electorate has been very active this year, with youth participation in the GOP and Democratic contests more evenly split than in recent presidential cycles. On the other hand, youth of color and young women are currently the least likely groups to support Trump.”
Read more, and find all of CIRCLE’s political data and analysis at the CIRCLE 2016 Election Center.
Guest Posts on Youth Political Engagement Beyond Elections
CIRCLE’s current guest post series explores how youth electoral engagement can have broader goals, including connections to civic life and democracy more generally. Three recent posts by practitioners make valuable contributions to that conversation:
Stay connected to CIRCLE on Facebook and Twitter to learn more.
The Democracy Collaborative released their latest report, Cities Building Community Wealth (November 2015) written by Executive Vice President and Senior Fellow Marjorie Kelly and Manager of Community Development Programs Sarah McKinley. The report profiles the work of local officials who have taken up the community wealth building approach to creating inclusive and sustainable economies. Already, this report has received favorable coverage from Forbes, the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Next City, and YES! Magazine. The report will be the centerpiece of a convening involving mayors, directors of economic development, scholars and practitioners on January 29, 2016, co-hosted by the CUNY School of Law Community and Economic Development Clinic. Find out more about the convening here, and read the report here.
The Next System Project released a collection of essays by Co-Chair Gus Speth entitled Getting to the Next System: Guideposts on the way to a new political economy. This second report in the Next System Project research series outlines the nature of system change, pathways forward, and a vision for a new American Dream. Read more below. The Next System Project also published a poll, adapted from Getting to the Next System, that allows community groups and activists to assess how their work contributes to system change. In other Next System Project developments, co-chair Gar Alperovitz, in an article in Al Jazeera, notes local experiments around the country that draw from traditional socialism, but promote democratic ownership in a “radically decentralized, populist and very American form.” And on November 9, Gar participated in an online panel as part of New Economy Week. Download this report here.
Today, the annual Volunteering and Civic Life in America research was released by NCoC and the Corporation for National & Community Service.
Follow this link to view the full report.
The research shows that the overall rate of volunteering is slightly lower than the previous year, yet remains strong and stable. Volunteering expands across all generations with 62.6 million adults (25.4%) participating in such activities – contributing a total of 7.7 billion hours.
Key demographic findings from the report include:
- Americans 35-44 years old had the highest volunteering rate (31.3%) followed by those 45-54 years old (29.4%). One in five of “Millennials”, or those of ages 16-31, (21.7%) volunteered.
- Older generations contributed the highest average number of volunteer hours with those 65-74 years old providing 92 hours and those 75 and older providing 90 hours.
- The volunteer rate among young adults (ages 18-24) attending college was 26.7%, nearly double the volunteer rate of young adults not attending college (13.5%). This gap reflects the important role of colleges and universities as catalysts for service, and challenges us to do more to engage more young people not attending college in service activities.
Other civic health indicators from the report found that two in three Americans (68.5%) have dinner with family or friends frequently. Meanwhile, three in four (75.7%) see or hear from friends and family at least a few times a week, and more than a third (36.3%) are involved in a school, civic, recreational, religious, or other organizations.
At this time of heightened unease, the civic health of our country and engagement of our citizens is particularly important. All sectors of society should redouble their efforts to promote greater connections among Americans. Our civic health is strongest when citizens engage with their neighbors and government.